Time we came to our senses

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - THIS WEEK YOU’RE SAYING ... -

WHAT if the peo­ple of this coun­try come to their senses?

Over the last few weeks we have read in the me­dia of the con­tin­ued moves by Ja­cob Zuma’s min­is­ters and de­part­men­tal heads, and the ex­po­sure of so-called cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties in state com­pa­nies.

That prob­lems ex­ist in the SAA, Eskom, the SABC, other SOE’s – and let’s in­clude Sassa – has been the fo­cus of dis­cus­sion for some time.

Last week we saw the re­lease of two books on dif­fer­ent top­ics, but of sim­i­lar tone. We can now be­gin to be­lieve that the au­thors have brought these is­sues to the sur­face!

The Crispian Olver book, apart from any­thing else, ex­posed the net­work of thieves in­volved in the IPTS, un­der the nose of Rory Rior­dan, lo­cally.

The Jac­ques Pauw book has high­lighted how Zuma uses his fam­ily and “friends” to siphon off state as­sets at will.

One must ask why the at­tor­ney­gen­eral and de­part­men­tal heads sign off these deals? Also ex­posed is the non-pay­ment of in­come tax from “as­so­ciates”, while the man in the street is hounded by SARS.

One must ask why the so-called “keep­ers” of the morals of the state in the Hawks, Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity and SARS have stayed on the side­lines, and only move to sup­port their “boss” un­der at­tack.

Mkhuseli Jack and Justice Malala write in the pa­pers of their dis­plea­sure at the way the ANC is be­ing de­graded, and men­tion is made of the legacy of OR Tambo, Nel­son Man­dela and Thabo Mbeki, but the dis­il­lu­sioned ANC peo­ple have failed to cre­ate a new house. They have not taken their tal­ents to the DA to form a for­mi­da­ble op­po­si­tion.

Ex-min­is­ter Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is now associated with a cig­a­rette smug­gler, and a new se­cu­rity min­is­ter is thought to have taken kick­backs at a mu­nic­i­pal job.

Just imag­ine what ben­e­fit to the low in­come group could the amount of R45.6-bil­lion have done for school­ing, higher ed­u­ca­tion and low­in­come hous­ing.

We have said be­fore, the test­ing time is on the hori­zon for the change that must hap­pen at the ANC con­fer­ence, and the op­po­si­tion must not make the same mis­take as hap­pened in the UK and US where the politi­cians mis­read the mood of the elec­torate. What if, now that over­seas bank ac­counts are open to pub­lic scru­tiny, the up­hold­ers of pub­lic morals come to their senses and hold Zuma to ac­count for the poor state of our econ­omy.

The ev­i­dence is mount­ing and the ground is start­ing to crum­ble, and Zuma, with his record of this last year, is in line to be held for im­peach­ment.

RA HILL, GREENACRES

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